Design and Building Operations

How Linking Design and Operations Can Lead to Great Savings

green roof sustainable Cascadia Green Building Council recently held an event at Colliers International’s Vancouver office featuring three speakers including Colliers’ Lorina Keery, Sustainability Manager. This event drew approximately 50 engineers, architects, service providers and municipal property managers from across Vancouver. The topics included key sustainability initiatives, as well as building commissioning and retrofitting. 

Lorina spoke on the topic of Linking Design and Building Operations, giving the audience an operations perspective on how identifying easy fixes at the property can have significant results. 

Using BC Hydro’s new Smart Meter uploads, Colliers’ property managers can analyze building performance at a detailed level to determine where building energy usage levels are off or higher than usual. The use of a quick fix, such as a simple adjustment of the operating schedule, can have a large impact. For example, after only a few weeks of implementation at one of Colliers’ properties, a significant decrease in energy usage was observed: 14% on weekdays and 26% on weekends, which translates to 175,000 kilowatt hours and $17,500 savings on an annual basis for the client. 

Keery said, “By implementing and monitoring these little things, it can make a client open to other sustainability initiatives, including bigger capital projects, because they can see the metrics and the dollar value it has brought to them.”

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